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John William Draper (May 5, 1811 - January 4, 1882) was an American (English-born) scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer. He is credited with producing the first clear photograph of a female face (1839-40) and the first detailed photograph of the Moon (1840). He was also the first president of the American Chemical Society (1876-77) and a founder of the New York University School of Medicine. One of Draper's books, History of the Conflict between Religion and Science, received worldwide recognition and was translated into several languages, but was banned by the Catholic Church. His son, Henry Draper, and his granddaughter, Antonia Maury, were astronomers, and his eldest son, John Christopher Draper, was a chemist. ( As the title indicates the book deals with the history of the conflict between religion and science in the last 2500 years. It is well written and very interesting...

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